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Smart TVs in Hotels: A Future Reality?

3-D TVs did not make a big hit last year. Manufacturers are turning their hopes to smart TVs. As reported by Evan Ramstad at The Wall Street Journal, TV makers predict that “Smart TV” is the trend. At least, they are attempting to make TVs as “smart” as tablet PCs or smart phones. Smart TVs will also be able to navigate and use a variety of applications that are similar to those of tablet PCs and smart phones. Last year, 210 million TV sets were sold, among which 21% had an Internet connection. By 2014, more than 50% of the TV sets sold will have Internet connections. A while ago, Google also introduced a Google TV. It may seem that consumers may soon touch a real “Smart TV.”

Many hotels have already allowed guests to check-out or make orders with the TV sets in guestrooms. Some of them also start using iPads and smart phones in guest services and/or operations. Will smart TVs become the next hit for the hospitality industry?


References:
Ramstad, E. (January 4, 2010). TV makers turn their hopes to apps. The Wall Street Journal, pp. B1 & B2. (http://on.wsj.com/e0rlXI)
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  1. I think it's a great idea to introduce smart TVs into hotels. Having them in the guest rooms, as well as the main lobby would be a great benefit to guests. If all the tvs were equipped with the internet, it would allow guests to quickly check things like the weather or bus schedules, etc. Also, the fact that they could connect the tvs in the rooms with the front desk as mentioned to do room service or if the guest needed anything, it could be easier to keep track of than dialing the front desk. This is obviously becoming a very big trend, and hotels are going to be expected to keep up with the trends, especially since it would be so beneficial to the guests. I can see the luxury and high-end hotels getting these smart tvs in the very near future.

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